Las Vegas has been known for great golf since 1949. The area has it all, lush green parkland golf and stark desert courses, bargains and high roller layouts, conveniently located close to the strip and other vacation activities. Here we have laid out our top reasons why you need to play golf in Vegas.
Location, location, location
Vegas is a famous celebratory destination for mancations, girlfriend getaways and couple escapes. Golf in Vegas is an ideal activity to give you a break from the oxygen-pumped casinos and dizzying quantities of food and drinks. You can stay close to all the Las Vegas action with some of the best courses just a stones through from the Strip. That means you can take that winning streak with you to the greens.
With more than 50 golf courses within a 40-minute drive of the Strip there’s plenty of competition and prices to fit any budget. Golf is usually considered a wealthy man’s game, but the good news is you don’t have to be rich to hit the links in Vegas! There are some excellent golf courses that offer green fees under $200.
Thanks to the mild climate, most golf courses are open 364 days a year (they are closed Christmas day). Here are some quick tips for how to approach each season.
- Spring golf in Las Vegas – This is the busiest and most expensive time of the year in Vegas. Warm weather, March Madness, the pro golf tours getting more exposure on TV, the Kentucky Derby, St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo all offer (albeit diverse) reasons to go to Vegas.
- Summer golf in Las Vegas – summer is hot in Las Vegas, but luckily as the temperature rises, the golf rates go down. To survive the heat drink plenty of water, put a cool towel around your neck, find shade whenever possible…and remember that you’re playing a world-class golf course for a steal.
- Fall golf in Las Vegas – Now the opposite is true: as temperatures cool, prices will go up. You’ll find the most affordable options are late afternoon tee times. Just don’t book too late in the day, because the days are getting shorter and the early sunset and could shorten your round. Also remember the PGA Tour comes to Vegas, usually in early October. You’ll find many opportunities to get up close and personal with the players.
- Winter golf in Las Vegas – Cool temps mean hot deals. If you dress in layers you will be able to withstand the cooler mornings and the warmer afternoons. Beware of frost delays in the winter months because you may need to adjust your evening plans.
Sin City always brings with it images of the Strip but Las Vegas has some breathtaking natural scenery as well. It’s a good idea to get away from the city lights once and a while and just admire the sights like the Red Rock Mountains. Playing at The Arroyo Golf Club is a unique way to take in the mountain scenery. Not only is the Arnold Palmer Signature course aesthetically pleasing with grand bunkers and lush fairways, the up-close views of the Red Rock Mountains are incredible — the size of the mountains is trumped only by the unique bits of red dotting their exterior. The hole with the most memorable scenery is arguably the par-3 seventh, a downhill test that can play over 200 yards and is accompanied by a panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip skyline.
Over at Arroyo’s sister course, Siena Golf Club, the No. 9 or “Della Pantera” is one of the most visually pleasing holes in the city. Designed by Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley, Siena is trying to bring the “Italian Renaissance” to Las Vegas.
No matter what your priorities are when it comes to golf, we know we’ve got you covered here in Las Vegas so don’t delay, start planning your next trip today.